What Your Partner Wishes You Knew

Six common mistakes he may not be telling you about Partnering training is one of the most nuanced parts of dance education. And yet, so much of it is entirely focused on male students. Beyond the basic principles—like holding your core and avoiding slippery leotards—young women often have little direction other than performing steps they already knowMore »

A Career in the Corps

I remember the exact day my dreams were dashed. I’d been dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet for over four years. Having trained at the school, I’d been around long enough to know how things worked—or at least I thought I did. As a child, I’d sat in the red velvet seats of the opera houseMore »

Performances Onstage This Month

A King Re-Gendered Play King Lear? Valda Setterfield has done so many other things that when she turned 79, she felt ripe for the challenge. At the request of Irish maverick choreographer John Scott, she played (and danced) the plagued king in Ireland two years ago, and now, at 81, she reprises the role inMore »

The Way Back Home

Seven years later, Noelani Pantastico returns to PNB. When Noelani Pantastico saw Pacific Northwest Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow in 2014, during her summer break from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the former PNB principal realized that she had more career options than she thought. After seven years in Europe, the Hawaii native was ready for a change. ButMore »

Maria Chapman Announces Retirement, After Her Final Bow

Julie Kent. Carla Körbes. Paloma Herrera. Xiomara Reyes. Over the past year, each of these phenomenal ballerinas took their final bows. Yesterday, Pacific Northwest Ballet broke the news that another dancer of the same generation has retired: principal Maria Chapman. The sudden announcement wasn’t made until after her last performance, which was just this weekend in a triple bill, butMore »

On the Rise: Jahna Frantziskonis

    At about 5′ 3″, the petite Jahna Frantziskonis is a force onstage: all speed and lightness as Cupid in Don Quixote, technical and steely in Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and emotionally vulnerable in Nacho Duato’s intense Rassemblement. But the featured Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer is on the move. This July, she joins San Francisco Ballet’s corps to be closerMore »

The Latest: The Great Ballerina Exit of 2015

What happens to companies when their stars retire? Paloma Herrera will dance her final performance with ABT on May 27. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, Courtesy ABT. Shouts of “Brava!” will accompany a number of ballerinas when they take their final bows this summer. American Ballet Theatre’s Paloma Herrera, Xiomara Reyes and Julie Kent will soonMore »

Performances Onstage This Month

  Rizqi Rachmat of Urban Artistry. Photo by Isaac Oboka, Courtesy Dance Place.   Urban Dance Sampler WASHINGTON, DC Following its grand reopening in September, Dance Place continues to present weekly performances, now with expanded space and technology. Up next is the Urban Dance Theater Festival, curated by Junious “House” Brickhouse of local troupe UrbanMore »

Working Out With Maria Chapman

This Pacific Northwest Ballet principal goes for a run almost every day.   Above: In Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky. Photo by Angela Sterling, Courtesy PNB.     As a kid, Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Maria Chapman loved sprinting, but she gave it up for ballet at age 13. She started running again only after joiningMore »

On the Rise: Angelica Generosa

The PNB corps member has more than a hint of bravura.   Late fall afternoons at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet mean Nutcracker rehearsals, and Angelica Generosa throws herself into the choreography. Despite the fast directional changes, rapid turns and shifting patterns that make up choreographer Kent Stowell’s steps for Snowflakes and Flowers, her port deMore »